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Mary Gagen

Professor of Physical Geography, Swansea University

I work in the broad area of forest climate space and on environmental education, outreach and public engagement. I am a passionate educator and co-run Swansea University Science For Schools Scheme which is a widening access STEM outreach programme. My scientific background is in tree ring climate science, specializing in stable isotope analysis. I teach climate science, employability, and career skills. My current science research foci are on changing carbon-water relationships in trees and Oak Decline syndrome in the UK. My current geography research foci are around science capital, the relationship between environmental action and educational inequality and climate communication. My research funders include – Forest Research and the UK Forestry Commission, DEFRA, Woodland Trust, Woodland Heritage, I am also a National Geographic Explorer (Borneo research funded through Nat Geo). I am a trustee of the South East Asian Rainforest Research Programme and a Steering Committee member of the UK Palaeoclimate Society. Outreach delivered via (co-PI of our current £2 Million EU and Welsh Government funded STEM Outreach Centre). I am currently on secondment to WWF UK as Chief Advisor on Forests.

1997 B.Sc. Geography and Geology, University of Birmingham.
2003 Ph.D. Geography, University of Wales Swansea: “The Response of Pine Tree to the climate in the Southern French Alps and the Paleoclimate Potential of Stable Carbon Isotope Ratios”.
2014 Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Swansea University (Merit).


  • 2022–present
    Chief Advisor Forests, WWF UK
  • –present
    Professor Of Physical Geography, Swansea University


  • 2016 
    Swansea University, PGChE
  • 2003 
    University of Wales, Phd in Geography